First impressions Nokia 7 Plus: decent, fast and standard Android


The Nokia 7 Plus has arrived at the editorial office and I have been using it for a few days. In this article you read everything about my first impressions of the device.

Nokia 7 Plus

The Nokia 7 Plus saw the light of day at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 25 February. The middle class was announced together with the Nokia 1, Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 8 Sirocco and the Nokia 8810 and then came to the stores on March 28 for € 399.

Nokia 7 Plus: design and screen

Meanwhile the box containing the Nokia 7 Plus is delivered to me and in this article you can read all about my first impressions. The box that the device is in is not very big and contains the device, a headset, cable and adapter, transparent bumper case and some reading material. At first glance you might think, small box with a midrange device, but the Nokia 7 Plus is not just a device for me. The device weighs 187 grams and that weight immediately feels good, the familiar Nokia feeling of solidity came straight up.
That is not only due to the weight but also to the housing. The phone is made from a single aluminum 6000 series, which the Nokia 8 is also made of, and equipped with a 6-layer coating. This coating creates a ceramic look that according to Nokia should provide: “A great feeling, improved grip and signal – and therefore call quality.” A great feeling that everyone can decide for themselves, but I’m happy that the housing is not made of the fragile and fingerprint sensitive glass. The grip is certainly improved and the whole certainly does not fall under the back of my Pixel 2 XL. The copper edge completes the device completely.

The Nokia 7 Plus has a 6 inch screen that is equipped with an 18: 9 image format. It is similar in size and design to the Pixel 2 XL but has an IPS LCD with a resolution of 2160 by 1080 pixels. Given a middle class, this choice can be justified. The screen is easy to read during the first hours of use and different lighting conditions. Nokia has scored a point with the case but also with the screen.
Performance and camera

The device contains a Snapdragon 660 with eight cores and 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Via Tap & Go I had installed all 150 apps in no time and played graphically heavy games without any problems. Until now the 7 Plus runs like a sun and I am satisfied (and I am not quick).

The HMD Global Camera app is the home user interface for the user interface of the Nokia Lumia devices camera app. This interface is very easy to operate because of the setting possibilities in combination with the rings but I have to get used to it. Furthermore, I have not made so many pictures to say anything about the quality.
Android One

Furthermore, the software based on Android One immediately stands out. The software on these Android One devices comes entirely from Google and the updates also come directly from Google, just like Pixel devices. That is immediately visible. The Nokia 7 Plus in March still ran on Android 8.0 Oreo but now the update to Android 8.1 Oreo long and wide inside. The security level is on April. With Android One you get guaranteed two-year system updates, and three years of safety updates.

The device also has Project Treble and there is support for A / B partitions. This installs an Android update in the background and only needs to be rebooted to complete the update. The Camera app and a file manager are from Nokia, and I can not detect pre-installed apps so quickly.

Preliminary conclusion

The Nokia 7 Plus is a device without fuss, built with high quality materials that give it a premium look. The device leaves a solid impression on me now. In addition, the combination with Android One is a home for me. You are also guaranteed updates for a certain period and there is also support for seamless updates and Project Treble. All this leaves me, especially in combination with the price, a good first impression!

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ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.

The new Android Nougat 7.0 comes with many new features :

  • Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
  • Better RAM Management.
  • Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
  • It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
  • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
  • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
  • See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
  • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
  • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
  • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
  • and other cool features.
If you want to install using your PC, you need the ADB tools installed on your computer. Download the ADB tools via Google’s developers website and download the Android SDK. Downloading the SDK and making sure ADB is correctly set up.

Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to Nougat 7.0.

Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.


Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.



Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.


Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android Nougat 7.0 file first. Download Android




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